Stormwater and drainage

The primary purpose of Christchurch City's waterways is to provide land drainage for the city.

As Christchurch is a very flat area, extended or heavy rainfall can cause parts of the city to flood.

Our stormwater system is being continually maintained and improved to make the City a safer and healthier place to live. The network includes: open drains, pipes, pump stations, stopbanks and detention basins, as well as other structures such as the Woolston barrier on the Heathcote River.

Christchurch City Council manages flood capacity within the city's rivers and their tributaries.

Report a problem with stormwater or drainage

Emptying swimming and spa pools

Certain conditions must be met when discharging water from a swimming pool or spa pool to storm water, a river, water course or ground.

Household chemicals and waste

Drop off household chemicals at a Council transfer station for free.

Small Site Stormwater Attenuation

Solutions for reducing stormwater runoff from small or residential sites

Stormwater tank installation guidelines

Roof, driveway and hardstanding stormwater peak flow reduction guidelines

Drainage plans for your property

Use our interactive map to see public utility pipelines and waterways.